Making a big difference: Supply chain tools boost Maxell's efficiency, productivity and profitability

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IBS has announced that Maxell Europe has completed its European roll-out of its IBS Enterprise integrated ERP and supply chain software solution and is currently expanding this roll-out to cover all international operations. IBS was selected by Maxell for its comprehensive international capabilities and ease of implementation.

Maxells European headquarters are based in the UK and provides support to all subsidiaries and distributors throughout Europe. The company employs more than 350 people in Europe and has a European turnover of EURO 280 million. Martyn Lloyd (pictured left) is Maxell Europes senior IT manager and is responsible for the roll-out of IBS in Europe. He said: Because of the success of IBS Enterprise in Europe, Maxell has decided to adopt the system as its world standard. We have already implemented the software in Malaysia and Hong Kong and are set go live shortly in Shanghai and Mexico.

Lloyd said: IBS as a company have been extremely easy to work with. We have confidence in the capabilities of the software and consultants to deliver the best possible solution in every country we have worked in. The software does everything we need, meeting the local accounting standards of each country to ensure a smooth roll-out and transition to the new system. We identified in the selection process that IBS would provide a much lower cost implementation because of their honest and capable approach that ensures projects do not get stretched out unnecessarily. We estimate that had we selected an alternative system from a larger ERP organisation, the length of implementation, and therefore the cost, would have been at least three times as much.

Simon Shorthose (pictured left), IBS UKs managing director, said: The global implementation at Maxell is a clear example of the international capabilities of IBS and its software. We are able to deliver a world-class solution that meets the requirements of multi-national organisations significantly faster and at, even more significantly, lower costs, than any other major ERP and Supply Chain vendor. IBS philosophy is to invest heavily in its software and its staff to ensure the product is continuously improving and is capable of supporting our customers well into the future.

The implementation at Maxell began in the UK in 2000, with European roll-out completed in 2004. Since these implementations, the company has seen significant and tangible benefits. We have made considerable savings in administration areas due to the increased automation IBS has given us. In addition, the IBS supply chain tools will allow us to reduce our inventory costs and will make a big difference to the efficiency, productivity and profitability of our overall supply chain, said Lloyd.

We were delighted to find a software company that could match our requirements in every country throughout the world but without the huge costs and lengthy implementation associated with many of the larger vendors. With other vendors we would become reliant on them for even the smallest of changes. IBS philosophy is to give control to us, which helps us keep costs down and speed the implementation, Lloyd said.

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